Teaching Summer Session Courses – Last Year’s Compensation Policies Remain in Effect

The compensation policies we followed last summer will remain in effect for summer session 2016. You can easily find the summer faculty compensation policies posted on the Provost’s website (look under the category called “Policies” in the header menu) or use this direct link: summer session compensation policy. Compensation for supervision of summer individual study and internship credits, which was re-instated last year after a 15-year absence, will continue. Details about that are included in the compensation policy.

Let me highlight the key features of summer session compensation outlined in the policy document linked above:

  • The minimum enrollment required to run a class will continue to be 7 students, and the date by which that minimum must be achieved in order to run the course will remain two weeks prior to the start of the summer term.  Exceptions will only rarely be made, on the recommendation of the Dean and approval of the Provost.
  • Notification to students of all summer-session course cancellations will be handled by the Registrar’s office.
  • The minimum per-credit salary for full-time continuing faculty is $1,500 per credit. The $2,333 per credit cap, introduced three years ago, remains in place.
  • Adjunct faculty who teach in the summer session are paid in accordance with the established Adjunct Compensation Scale.
  • Undergraduate internships are compensated at a rate of $75 per credit hour supervised.
  • Individual studies are compensated at a rate of $150 per credit hour supervised for undergraduates and $250 per credit hour supervised for graduate individual studies.

A total of 61 different faculty received compensation last summer for supervising individual studies or internships. A total of 148 students were involved (142 undergraduate and 6 graduate) and they registered for 386 credit hours of “individual” work. To put this in perspective, the total number of individual credits generated in summer session 2000 (the last prior year when there was compensation for faculty project supervision) was 132. In summer session 2014, there was a total of 314 credit hours of individual studies and internships.

I do need to stress again that summer session revenue remains a significant part of the overall operation of the university. If we are lucky enough to have a productive and profitable summer session, we will provide a measure of budgeting flexibility in the next fiscal year that might not otherwise exist.

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